James Hetfield admits he isn't always in the right frame of mind for a gig and says he relies on the audience to help him through the show.
The Metallica frontman says he makes eye contact with a member of the crowd whenever he needs a boost – and adds that the trick never fails. Watch the full interview below.
He tells Hitradio 03: "I mean, we're all human, and sometimes we feel very communicative and sometimes we don't. But most of the time, if I'm not feeling good and then we get up on stage, I just look at somebody in the eye and just say, 'Hey, I need your help tonight.'
"I mean, I'm not asking them directly, but through the eyes I'm asking them, 'I need your help.' And they give it to me, somehow."
Feature / 10 May 2014Blogs Of War: Why Metallica at Glastonbury is a good idea
Despite the backlash, Stephen Hill thinks Metallica headlining Glasto is a positive thing
News / 3 Jun 2014Metallica face Glastonbury protest
Campaigners call for band to be binned over Hetfield's hunting hobby
Feature / 27 Feb 2015Your Guide To Our Rare Metallica Posters
All the info about your new Metallica posters
News / 20 Jun 2014New Metallica track out now
Lords Of Summer available to buy via iTunes
News / 14 Mar 2014Metallica To Debut New Song This Weekend
Metallica have hinted that they’ll be unveiling a brand new track at a show this coming weekend
Feature / 29 Jun 2014The day METALLICA trolled the world
How Metallica had the last laugh at Glastonbury
News / 28 Jul 2015Bernie Torme eyes Blackheart release
He’ll launch latest album in October and announces 10-date UK tour
News / 28 Jul 2015Queen collection gets teaser trailer
View preview clip of upcoming vinyl box set, out September 25
News / 28 Jul 2015Slayer's King slammed for slating label
Victory Records bands respond to Kerry's comments on Mayhem tour sponsored stage
News / 28 Jul 2015Drumstick icon Vic Firth dead at 85
Acclaimed percussionist, educator and businessman built range of clients including Iron Maiden, Stones, Tool, BFMV drummers